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Same Old Story... Just Not Enough

August 24, vs. Boston

Sox Project Update:
Investments Tumbling
The Shark now 0-5 since Sox held firm at trade deadline

Short Take: Another lousy start from Jeff Samardzija buries Sox in too deep of hole for late rally to overcome

If it felt like déjà vu all over again, Sox fans, it’s because it probably was. With August nearing an end and the 2015 season about to turn towards the home stretch, the White Sox put on the show we’ve seen too often this season, falling behind early against an inferior opponent, rallying late, but not quite having enough to get over the hump, as the Sox leave the tying run on base and the winning run at the plate in a 5-4 loss to Boston.

It was another mediocre start for Jeff Samardzija, who is quickly entering the conversation as most disappointing White Sox acquisition in sometime… Luckily for him, that’s a rather long list (I can think of at least half a dozen from the last few years off the top of my head), so it’s possible that if his White Sox career is just one year and done, he’ll fade into obscurity with the rest of the crap this team has trotted out over the past, miserable decade, but for a guy who was brought in to help stabilize the top of the rotation, he’s been a real bust. After putting together a nice month and a half string of starts leading to the trade deadline, Samardzija’s been a disaster since, now 0-5 in 5 starts in August with an ERA of 9 and allowing nearly 1 in every 3 batters faced to get a hit. It’s been a month to forget.

Tonight the villain was Rusney Castillo, the Red Sox’s 28-year-old rookie outfielder who worked Samardzija as he went 3-4 on the night with a homer and all 5 Red Sox RBI’s. The first three came in the second inning on a 2-out, 3-run homer and the last 2 came in the 6th on a two-run double. The damage could have been worse had Castillo not been thrown out advancing to third because the following two batters reached on a single and a walk before Robin Ventura mercifully put an end to the Shark’s night; 5.2 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 2 BB, and 7 K and another loss.

On the offensive side, the night started with a bang as Jose Abreu hit a 1st inning solo bomb off Red Sox starter Joe Kelly to put the Pale Hose up quickly 1-0, but from there on, the offensive attack vanished. The Sox wouldn’t get another hit off Kelly until Alexei Ramirez doubled to lead off the 5th inning, but of course, they couldn’t do anything but move him a meaningless 90 feet. In all, Kelly, who entered the night with an ERA above 5 pitched into the 8th inning, allowing just a pair of runs and scattering 5 hits.

Truth be told, they did make it interesting. After sleepwalking through the first ½ of the night, they finally plated the 2nd run of the game on an RBI ground out by Melky Cabrera in the 6th and in the 9th, rallied for two off new Red Sox closer Jean Machi, though, with Carlos Sanchez representing the winning run, he fouled out softly to Hanley Ramirez to end the night.

The loss drops the Sox to 7 games under .500. They’ll look to turn the ship around Tuesday night in Game 2 of this 3 game set as Jose Quintana faces Wade Miley. First pitch is at 7:10 PM and the game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

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